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Preparing Your House for Lease

Preparing rental property to show to prospective tenants is not completely different from showing property for sale.  A house that is prepared in advance for showing, will lease quicker and bring the desired rental price with less resistance.  Tenants, like buyers, want a place to live that is clean, well maintained and safe.  Accent Real Estate Services has an accredited staging specialist agent who can help you prep your property to show perspective tenants.  Call our office and ask for Susan Jones or email her at susan@accentres.com if you would like a consultation on staging your rental property.  Some things to keep in mind are listed below:

Curb Appeal
Does your house have curb appeal? Can we give it a little more pizzazz to draw the tenant in? Would a bit of touch-up paint add dollars to the sale?  Is the lawn in order and neatly edged? Are trees and bushes neatly pruned?  Adding colorful annuals to the front beds will make a big difference. Remember, creating curb appeal will draw a tenant in from the car and in to the house.

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Welcome Home
 "Will this house say, 'Welcome home' to a tenant?" Looking through the eyes of a tenant,  our staging professional will recommend changes that will enhance rental appeal.

Reviewing your home room-by-room,we will make recommendations that impact the rental of the home. We will note rooms that need new paint, carpet that needs to be changed, fixtures that need polishing, windows that need cleaning, and any other improvement that can easily be made to promote the lease of the property.

Setting the Stage
Before the first prospective tenant walks in your door, we will show you how to set the stage. We want to engage the buyer's senses. Lighting is critical. Draw back curtains, open blinds, change light bulbs and add lighting where needed to welcome the tenant. Everything should be clean and all deferred maintenance should be done before anyone comes through the door.  Seeing a property that is move-in ready gives the tenant peace of mind because they do not have to worry about whether all needed cleaning and repairs will be done by the time they want to move in.

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